Soft and fluffy homemade whole wheat bread with a touch of honey – perfect for hearty sandwiches and buttery toast!
Whew, what a whirlwind of a holiday weekend! Though I didn’t expect to take such an extended step back from blogging duties, the break gave me a nice chance to unwind. Lapping up time with family, scrumptious home cooked food, and the sunny, brisk beginning of winter in Austin were to-dos high on my list, and I accomplished them all. It was wonderful.
So, I sit down at my computer again with mixed emotions – I enjoyed not staring at it for seven days, but it’s time to get back to real life. Bill paying, chore doing, and delicious blogging… which I love!
I didn’t do too much cooking over the holiday, honestly. We had my in laws cozied up in the house for a short but sweet stay. The night before Thanksgiving, I just cooked up my favorite Easy Herb Roasted Chicken, creamy mac ‘n cheese, and roasted cranberry green beans.
Turkey day brought an exciting new spin on tradition, where we gussied up and headed out to Austin’s finest, The Driskill Grill, for the biggest, grandest buffet dinner I’ve ever seen… and I’ve been on cruise ships, people!
It was magical and beautiful and delicious. Everything you could have ever wanted and more. Plus more. Did I mention more? And ohhh, I ate it all. They’ll attest to that! I tell ya, this preggo belly can hold a lot of stuffing and mashed potatoes (and pecan pie and cranberry sauce, and…)
It was just a really happy holiday, and we were sad to see it over in such a flash. But, we’ve already decked the halls here at home and are looking forward to a very merry Christmas. I’ll share a few snaps from around the house soon!
To make our nest feel even more cozy (and toasty warm), I’ve been baking up a storm. This bread from my fellow blogger friend with a baby-to-be, Stephanie from Girl Versus Dough, has become a new favorite! Soft and chewy, perfect for buttery toast and hearty BLTs, and easy enough for a lazy baker like me.
As a fun project on a brisk winter morning, or any time of year you want fresh, fluffy bread, this one will hit the spot. It comes together so easily and bakes up beautifully golden brown every time. You probably already have most of the ingredients in your cabinets, too.
I hope you enjoy this recipe, friends!
Whole Wheat Honey Oatmeal Bread
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup milk, I used skim
- 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 cups bread or all-purpose flour*, I used only bread flour
- 1 cup rolled oats, plus more for topping loaf
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
- 1 tablespoon coarse salt (not table salt)
- Combine water and milk in a microwave-safe bowl; heat 30-45 seconds until warm (about 115 degrees F). Pour into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add yeast and honey. Let sit 10 minutes until yeast is foamy.
- Stir in flours, oats, butter and salt. Using a dough hook, knead on medium speed 6 minutes until dough is smooth, elastic and only slightly sticky (alternatively, knead by hand 10 to 15 minutes on a lightly floured surface). Keep dough in bowl and cover with a tea towel. Let rise in a warm place* 1 hour until doubled.
- When dough is doubled, punch down and transfer to a lightly floured surface. Press into an 8-by-8-inch square, tuck in sides slightly and roll up into a log. Transfer to a lightly greased 9-by-5-inch loaf pan, seam-side down. Cover with a tea towel and let rise 30 to 40 minutes until dough reaches the edges of the pan.
- Heat oven to 400 degrees F (375 degrees F if loaf pan is dark or nonstick). Sprinkle oats on top of risen loaf. Bake 40 to 50 minutes, rotating halfway through baking, until loaf is deep brown on top and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. Remove from loaf pan and transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
What a perfect looking loaf, just the thing to make the house smell fantastic!
Beautiful bread loaf! I love the added oatmeal… always a great touch. :)
Gorgeous loaf, Georgia!! I love homemade bread of all kinds and this looks perfect for sandwiches!
Beautiful yeasted loaf, Georgia! Oh, how I just adore the taste of wheat bread. YUM! It is just soooo good toasted and begs for butter, peanut butter, jam, cream cheese…all sorts of goodness. Gorgeous photos, as always! Thanks for sharing, girl. Pinning!
Yay, I’m so happy to see that you enjoyed your Thanksgiving dinner! And what a gorgeous loaf, I love oatmeal bread :)
Sounds like you had a terrific holiday and a lot of fun feeding the baby. :). This bread sounds right up my alley – I love whole grain bread, and the addition of oats sounds delicious! Pinning!
So gorgeous, Georgia!
i need to get into bread baking more often.
I just took a loaf of that out of the freezer to use this week! I love it. :) And I’m so glad you did, too! Thanks for sharing, friend. :)
That’s a perfect sandwich bread!
This looks absolutely perfect! I want a sandwich (on this amazing bread) asap!!!
Aww…Georgia, your yeasted whole wheat loaf looks gorgeous! Beautiful photography, as always, my friend. :) I left a comment this morning right after Tieghan’s, but it didn’t show up right away. So, I stopped by this evening to see if you were monitoring or if I needed to re-enter. For some reason, it didn’t go thru! Grrr. Thanks for sharing, girl!
I love homemade bread and this is such a gorgeous loaf!
aaaaaand I’ll be making this soon. because just, perfect
This bread looks like it came from a fine bakery Georgia. I can only imagine the wonderful aroma in your kitchen as it baked.
I have tried countless wheat bread recipes and I still haven’t found the ONE. This bread looks like perfection! I cannot wait to try this :-)
Lovely loaf Georgia! I’m so glad you had a relaxing holiday. Going out to a fancy restaurant will be a new tradition for us this Christmas. Can’t wait!
The holidays definitely went by too fast! Jason and I drove to LA from SF for only 2 days. The drive was a nightmare but it was so fun to see our niece and nephews.
Now this bread – love it! I’ve been hooked on making a lot of turkey sandwiches using leftover cranberry sauce and I’m sure it would be 100000x better with this homemade bread!
This is my favorite bread – but I doubt mine look this good! Happy Holidays!
Love this Georgia! That is one incredible looking loaf of bread.
That looks heavenly!
Hi Georgia! We all need a break from it all now and then and yours sounds perfect. The bread sounds perfect too. I love baking bread from scratch but don’t get around to doing it very often. I think it’s time!
Sometimes a break away from the computer is absolutely mandatory. I find that I come back recharged and even better than before! I’ve yet to make homemade bread this season besides some easy rolls on Thanksgiving, so this is definitely calling my name and might have to be my inaugural bread!
Looks so delicious Georgia.
And you deserve to eat whatever you like during this time, I bet food bloggers take more advantage of that fact. :-)
What a beautiful looking loaf of bread! I love making our bread. It is so enjoyable, almost therapeutic for me!
Sounds like you had a fantastic holiday! This bread sounds just perfect.
I can`t believe that this oatmeal bread can be cooked by yourself! It looks so appetizing as if it is just from the market. The recipe is rather simple and this bread is really nutritious. It should be really healthy and beneficial.
Love how your bread looks, just beautiful. The best way to spend a cold afternoon is to bake some bread.
I made this bread today. Super easy to make. It turned out beautiful but I realized after tasting it I forgot the salt
I’ve been baking this bread to an internal temp of 190 degrees. However, the sprinkled oats don’t stick to the loaf. The oats on top slide right off the loaf. Do you have any tips to share on how to make the oats stick to the loaf?
You can try brushing the unbaked loaf with a bit of water or egg wash (1 egg mixed with about 1 Tbsp. water) before sprinkling the oats on top.
Hi Georgia! I have never made whole wheat bread but I am going to try your recipe! Some recipes call for oil instead of butter- do you know what the difference is and if I can sub oil? Thanks!
I only substitute oil in recipes that call for melted (not softened) butter, but since this one does, you should have success. Let me know if you give it a try!
It is baking right now! I did ad 1TBS of wheat gluten, ground flax and Chia seeds. Wow did this rise ! I used high quality flours so I am sure we will love it.
can you uso this recipe in a bread machine?
I have never used this recipe in a bread machine, so can’t guarantee success. But you can certainly try!
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This loaf just came out of the oven. It smells and looks fantastic.
The dry ingredient amounts look like they make 2 loafs. Is that correct?
This recipe makes one loaf.
I have looked all over the internet for a recipe for Honey Oat Wheat Bread Thank you so much for posting it. I will be baking a loaf tomorrow. Just one question looking at the ingredients you have 1 tablespoon of salt, is that right? just seems like a lot for one loaf. I would appreciate it if you would let me know. Thanks again.
So excited you will try this, Nadine! Yes, the measurement is 1 Tbsp. coarse salt, not table salt. If you only have table salt, I would suggest using 1/2 tsp.